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He has created a dystopian state, an alligator with 2 heads and no tail. DeSantis and those who think like him never consider the repercussions from their actions. He wanted headlines for his Presidency and never thought beyond that. He isn't going to be able to leash this mess and does the GOP 21st Century line, blame everyone but himself. The Moms for Liberty stories could be tied into this as well for a larger picture of the Florida mess. Unfortunately both story lines carried into other states. I recall MSM praising DeSantis and his handling of COVID-19. He was the boy wonder on the cusp of the "new America" with book bans and declaring war on Disney and "what pandemic?"

Good work over time by following this storyline.

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Florida man upset about the consequences of the law he championed.

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DeSantis is a bad actor- meant in any way it applies… lifts in his shoes, fake smiles and twisting himself in knots to rescue his flailing career with every perceived change in the wind. He’s paying a price he richly deserves.

Thank you for all the great work. Glad my subscription renewed this weekend!

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Religion + ignorance + malice = Floriduh (and some other locations of nuttery, i.e. Texas).

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DeSantis has no chance nationally. Let us hope he is burning his bridges locally too. When are the people of Florida going to look for better, saner representation?

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They banned Memoirs of a Geisha???? Real literature is no longer available for Florida kids? . . . And they “just” returned KIDS’ dictionaries? So Florida kids can’t spell, read, write or critically think . . . What a bunch of dunderheads. How are people supposed to raise themselves above the poverty line if they can’t even compete with other high school graduates, let alone prepare for college? Or, is that the point?

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Worst of all, most of the complaints have come from just 11 people. By now you would think that school boards and administrators would be onto the scheme and simply toss complaints from these people in the trash. But courage seems to be in short supply in Florida. When the backlash comes, and it will come (perhaps when Florida kids can't get into an out of state college because their Florida HS diploma is rejected as an adequate credential), it will be severe.

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If only George Carlin were still alive !

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He won't acknowledge his own culpability in the matter. DeSantis is a heel in every sense of the word.

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Does anyone know if this has started affecting Florida high school students' acceptance rates to higher education outside the state?

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Alternative Headlines:

Republican dog barks at car, chases car, catches car, realizes mistake and denies having anything to do with car.

Republican campaign strategy fails; supporters tossed under the bus.

Nice reporting, folks!

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Ron who? Somehow NYTimes, CNN, etc., seemed to have missed that press conference. But we sure saw enough of him over the last year.

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Only the Republicans would try to monetize their own mistake ($100 fine?) while at the same time totally rolling over basic taxpayer rights (only parents with a child enrolled are members of the school district that get to file a complaint? I’m no book banner, but that’s bad policy conceptually - school districts are accountable to the public, not just parents of currently enrolled students.) Instead of a silly unconstitutional bandage, just roll back your stupid law, Florida!

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Thank you Judd and team for your beautiful painstaking research, and for staying with this subject that we now all know a great deal about! We can choose to see a glimmer of hope that honest and fact-checking reportage is TRULY making a difference.

By the way, there ARE progressive, intelligent, and honest people living in FL and TX. And, DeSantis is proof that not all well-educated people (Yale History major, Harvard Law) have wisdom and discernment, or, a moral compass.

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DeSantis knew EXACTLY what he was doing! His only followers are religious crazies! The Republicans are always screaming about their FREE SPEECH rights. But muzzling writers who wrote about people who have been ostracized by these same crazies didn’t raise the alarm until his campaign imploded and he’s receiving some just-desserts.

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A perfect example of how dim DeSantis and his crew are - anyone who put a modicum of thought into what he was doing could see this coming. He fancies himself a Machiavelli, but likely couldn't spell it if prompted.

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